ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Palestinian students reach Gaza after fleeing outbreak of violence in Sudan

Gazan authorities say 172 residents arrived at border crossing with Egypt after escaping conflict that has left hundreds dead

Relatives welcome Palestinian evacuees from Sudan upon their arrival at the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, April 28, 2023. (Said Khatib/AFP)
Relatives welcome Palestinian evacuees from Sudan upon their arrival at the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, April 28, 2023. (Said Khatib/AFP)

Palestinians embraced at the Egyptian border with Gaza on Friday as students returned home after fleeing the eruption of violence in Sudan.

Gaza’s crossing and border authority said “172 students arrived home through the Rafah border crossing, as the first batch of students coming from Sudan.”

There were hugs and tears at the southern gateway to Gaza as relatives greeted the young Palestinians fleeing fighting which broke out on April 15.

“The situation was really difficult, it hit everywhere in Khartoum,” university student Nasser Qishta told AFP.

“The Palestinian embassy in Sudan contacted us, gathered up the students and transferred us to Gaza,” added Qistha, who remained determined to return to the Sudanese capital “when conditions improve.”

Governments have rushed to extract their citizens from Sudan amid the deadly violence between the army, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commanded by his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

More than 500 people have been killed, according to health ministry figures which are believed to be incomplete.

Wael al-Masri, a medical student, said the situation was akin to a “civil war.”

“I thank everyone who helped us return,” he said at the Rafah crossing, which was opened especially for their arrival by Egyptian authorities.

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